THE QUESTION FOR US

Scripture Reading: Jonah 4:9-11

“And should not I have compassion for Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?” (Jonah 4:11)

The book of Jonah ends in as surprising way. It ends with an unanswered question from God. We are not told what Jonah’s answer was. We are left hanging.

Let’s remember what had happened to Jonah. He was thrown overboard and was doomed to die. But God intervened and saved him. Jonah repented and called out to God. God granted mercy to Jonah and saved him.

But now when God granted mercy to the people of Nineveh, Jonah resented it. In fact, it made him angry. How can we explain this? Jonah received God’s mercy, but he resented the fact that God granted mercy to other undeserving people. Jonah became more passionate about the plant God provided to give him relief from his discomfort rather than a passion for the well being of other human beings. Thus, God asked the question to Jonah.

Because the book ends this way, we are invited to write our own answer to God’s question. Do we really care about lost people? Do we have compassion for those who are spiritually blind? Are we more concerned about our own comforts than we are about the mission Christ has given us to be His witnesses? I am convicted. Are you?

Lord Jesus, forgive me for my lack of compassion for others. Forgive me when I get more concerned about my comfort than I do about being a faithful witness of Yours. Let my heart be broken with the things that break your heart.

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